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BroadStreet Publishing author and executive producer/screenwriter Brian Bird part of super session
at NRB with Vice President Mike Pence

Minneapolis, Minn. —BroadStreet Publishing author Brian Bird is speaking at the NRB Convention Super Session on Tuesday, February 27th in Nashville. Bird is sharing the stage with Vice President Mike Pence, actor Dennis Quaid, Director/ Author/ Writer Alex Kendrick, Evangelist Luis Palau, and Emcees, The Benham Brothers.

BroadStreet Publishing has partnered on a three-book series from Brian Bird, the Executive Producer of The Hallmark Channel’s original show, When Calls the Heart, and his co-author Michelle Cox. The first book is a devotional title When God Calls the Heart which released on February 1st, 2018 and was the #1 New Release on Amazon in the areas of Christian Inspirational and Christian Devotionals. The next book in the series is a Christmas offering complete with special traditions and recipes for the season set to release early fall 2018. The third will be centered on romance and will release around Valentines Day, 2019. Each book takes God moments from the series episodes and highlights the inspirational meaning.

When Calls the Heart has a fan base that has been described by Hallmark as a phenomenon. The worldwide “Hearties” group resembles one big family, even having a yearly reunion where the cast shows up to greet the fans. The show is going into its fifth season and expects to expand its weekly viewership of 3.6 million due to the numbers from this year’s Christmas movie positioned as the first episode of season 5. That premiere had 5.7 million viewers tune in for the 2-hour special.

Brian and Michelle were invited to be guests on the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show to share about When God Calls the Heart.

BroadStreet Publishing President, Carlton Garborg, said he is thrilled by the partnership with Brian Bird and Michelle Cox and views this as the beginning of a long and exciting relationship.


BRIAN BIRD is executive producer and co-creator of the Hallmark Channel original series When Calls the Heart. In his three decades in Hollywood, he has written or produced two dozen films, including most recently, The Case for Christ, Captive, and Not Easily Broken, and more than 250 episodes of such shows as Touched By An Angel, Step By Step, and Evening Shade.

His films have garnered awards from the New York Independent Film Festival, New York Festivals, Heartland Film Festival, the Movie Guide Awards, the Telly Awards, and the Christopher Awards.

He has spoken widely on the intersection of the arts and the church, and his professional blog,, serves as a lively exchange in the best practices of storytelling. Beyond Bird’s professional achievements, he considers his top productions to date his thirty-six-year marriage to wife, Patty, and his five children.

MICHELLE COX is a speaker and an award-winning, best-selling author. She is a member of the blog team for Guideposts, and her “Life with a Southern Grandmother” column runs twice each week at

She has written for Focus on the Family,, Christian Cinema, WHOA Magazine for Women, Leading Hearts Magazine, and the website of Fox News’ radio host Todd Starnes. Michelle is the creator of the Just 18 Summers® brand of parenting products and resources, and has been a guest on numerous television and radio programs, including Hannity and Focus on the Family. She and her husband, Paul, have been married for forty-three years and have three sons and six perfect grandchildren.

Connect with Michelle at and, on Twitter @MichelleInspire, and on Facebook at

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